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May 17, 2011

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) has Three Job Opportunities

PROGRAM OFFICER (FRANCOPHONE AFRICA)

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is based at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC. The IBP provides a range of services to help non-profit organizations analyze and influence public budgets in developing and transition countries. The IBP is seeking a Program Officer (Francophone Africa) to provide support to the Open Budget Initiative (OBI) Program. The OBI is a research and advocacy program that seeks to increase public access to budget information and inclusive and accountable budget-making. The Program Officer will report to the OBI Manager, and the Supervisor of IBP’s Open Budget Survey.

Responsibilities:

Provide project management support for the various research activities related to the biennial Open Budget Survey;

Provide technical assistance to a network of research institutions in approximately 100 countries to collect and fact-check data on government budgets with a focus on Francophone Africa;

Conduct qualitative and quantitative social science research and document innovative civil society tactics and strategies to promote budget transparency reforms, and produce case studies and impact assessments;

Conduct country assessments and work with IBP partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies to promote budget transparency reforms with a focus on Francophone Africa;

Provide technical assistance to partners and in-country peer reviewers, and design and deliver training modules and presentations on budget transparency and accountable and inclusive budget-making with a focus on Francophone Africa;

Engage in project management activities such as negotiating and drafting contracts with civil society partners, drafting and proofreading project correspondence, contracts, and documents, maintaining project files and a project deadline tracking system to generate progress reports.

Skills and requirements:

Master’s degree in Public Policy or equivalent course

Fluency in French

2 years professional experience conducting social science research

2 years professional experience working on issues related to the Francophone African region

Proficiency in statistical analysis using STATA or SPSS

Salary:

Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including two health and dental insurance options, life and long term disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to castro@cbpp.org. Please put IBP Program Officer (Francophone Africa) in the subject area. Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including two health and dental insurance options, life and long term disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

PROGRAM OFFICER (ASIA)

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is based at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC. The IBP provides a range of services to help non-profit organizations analyze and influence public budgets in developing and transition countries. The IBP is seeking a Program Officer (Asia) to provide support to the Open Budget Initiative (OBI) Program. The OBI is a research and advocacy program that seeks to increase public access to budget information and inclusive and accountable budget-making. The Program Officer will report to the OBI Manager, and the Supervisor of IBP’s Open Budget Survey.

Responsibilities:

Provide project management support for the various research activities related to the biennial Open Budget Survey;

Provide technical assistance to a network of research institutions in approximately 100 countries to collect and fact-check data on government budgets with a focus on Asia;

Conduct qualitative and quantitative social science research and document innovative civil society tactics and strategies to promote budget transparency reforms, and produce case studies and impact assessments;

Conduct country assessments and work with IBP partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies to promote budget transparency reforms with a focus on Asia;

Provide technical assistance to partners and in-country peer reviewers, and design and deliver training modules and presentations on budget transparency and accountable and inclusive budget-making with a focus on Asia;

Engage in project management activities such as negotiating and drafting contracts with civil society partners, drafting and proofreading project correspondence, contracts, and documents, maintaining project files and a project deadline tracking system to generate progress reports.

Skills and requirements:

Master’s degree in Public Policy or equivalent course

Fluency in English

2 years professional experience conducting social science research

2 years professional experience working on issues related to the Asian region

Proficiency in statistical analysis using STATA or SPSS

Salary:

Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, including two health and dental insurance options, life and long term disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to mondo@cbpp.org. Please put IBP Program Officer (Asia) in the subject area.

PROGRAM OFFICER (LATIN AMERICA)

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is based at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC. The IBP provides a range of services to help non-profit organizations analyze and influence public budgets in developing and transition countries. The IBP is seeking a Spanish speaking Program Officer for Latin America to be part of the IBP’s Partnership Initiative (PI) Program team. The Program Officer for Latin America will lead on the implementation of the PI program in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador and Brazil. The Program Officer for Latin America will report to the Manager for Innovation and Partnership Development, and will coordinate closely with other Partnership Initiative colleagues.

Responsibilities:

Lead on the implementation of the PI program in Latin America. This includes: (a) maintain IBP’s partner relations with a specific set of partnership organizations in Latin America (6-8 organizations) for and on behalf of IBP’s PI Program; (b) provide technical assistance and support to the budget analysis and advocacy work of program partners; (c) contribute to the research and learning components of the program; (d) support the administration of grant agreements for all Latin American program partners.

Provide strategic advice to program partners in Latin America on their budget work

Coordinate all training and technical assistance requirements of Latin American partners with other IBP programs providing training, technical assistance, and mentoring support

Work with partners, and mentors as appropriate, on the development and regular revision of their impact plans

Work with and support partners with peer learning initiatives as may be appropriate and/or required

Support partners as may be required for the compliance of grant reporting requirements and other related follow up processes

Assist other IBP colleagues in the administration of grant agreements with partners. This includes reviewing reports and facilitating communications on grant administration issues as may be required.

Support the learning component of the PI program

Represent the PI Program at international events and/or meetings

Participate in the formulation and development of PI Program work plans and budgets, and especially as these relate to Latin America, coordinating with other IBP programs/units as may be required or appropriate

Participate on a regular basis in meetings of the PI Program team, the IBP and CBPP.

Skills and requirements:

Minimum of 3 years experience in civil society budget work and/or public finance management in Latin America required. Experience in access to information, governance, budget systems and/or health sector and health financing will be considered a plus.

Minimum of 2 years experience in providing technical assistance, support and advice to civil society organizations on strategic advocacy, tracking of government budgets in Latin America, and organizational strengthening of civil society organizations.

Able to provide technical assistance and advice in a timely, supportive and culturally sensitive manner.

Able to work collegially and collaboratively as part of a geographically dispersed team.

Able to prioritize tasks according to deadline, accomplish work on schedule and respond quickly to changing priorities.

Able to work well under pressure and to work independently with minimal supervision.

Able to undertake extensive travel.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is a plus.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits package.

To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to ghafur@cbpp.org. Please indicate “PO for Latin America – PI” in the subject area.

PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS. The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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